Burundi based Tanzanian junior player Nicodemous Emanuel has plunged deep in the Confederation of African Tennis by eight steps.
Emmanuel who used to be among the best 16 in the continent has dropped to a 24th position after dismal show in the Africa junior championship held in Cairo.
However, his coach Hassan Kasim created a huge shield to defend his player’s poor show. The coach said Emmanuel was making a debut appearance at a high-profile championship in Cairo.
The coach drew optimism over his 14-year old player’s improvement in the future. of Emmanuel.
Emmanuel qualified for the event after winning gold medal during the East African qualifying tournament staged in Bujumbura three months ago.
The coach said he has been impressed by the performances of his players, while singling out Tumaini Martini as promising player.
Martin remained in the coach’s book as up and coming star given enough time and good preparations.
Martin is also the only Tanzanian player who managed to reach the second round of the Cairo championship and also teamed up with Emmanuel to cruise into the event’s quarterfinals in doubles category.
"It is not easy to win games at the African Championship but Tumaini has shown that he has the potential to excel”, he said.
The coach also lamented on lack of exposure on his players. He said players of all e countries who competed at the event had enough preparations including a tour of Europe ahead of the games.
According to the rankings released by CAT, of all 5 Tanzania players only Martin has improved from 22 to 15, while John Njau who slumped from 27 to 29, Sala Bura improved from 28 to 23 and Edna John slightly improved from 28 to 27.
Based on the rankings released on March 30, Burundian Saidi Nkurunziza has maintained the number one sport for the third successive time.
The African Junior Championships is taking place at Al-Solimaneyah City, Giza in Egypt.
The tournament, which offers competition in two age categories, Under-14 and 16, has attracted entries from 61 boys and 57 girls from 27 nations.
ITF also offers feed-in consolation events from which players have the opportunity to play singles matches every day, giving them vital competition ahead of their continent's most prestigious junior tennis event.
Players qualified by taking part in one of three zonal championships which took place in January and February in West Central, South and East Africa.
Both events are being hosted by the Egyptian Tennis Federation in collaboration with the ITF and the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT).